Located at Keele University’s Science and Innovation Park, the 150-bedroom hotel has already created 20 jobs for the local area.
Once restrictions are eased, the hotel will offer a new Scholars Restaurant and Bar along with a coffee shop which will offer Starbucks for residents and the general public.
The site also includes two meeting rooms for up to 30 people, a fitness suite and 180 new parking spaces.
Scott Randall, general manager of Courtyard by Marriott Keele Staffordshire, will head up the new team alongside head chef, David Savage.
Randall said: “We’re thrilled to be finally opening our doors today. Courtyard by Marriott Keele Staffordshire offers high quality accommodation in and a beautiful, picturesque setting on Keele University’s campus. We look forward to welcoming our first guests and supporting local key workers in the coming weeks.”
Peter de la Perrelle, managing director of Tower Hotel Management said: “Today marks a huge milestone for both the hotel but also for Tower Hotel Management in what has been a very testing 12 months for the hotel sector.
“To open a new hotel under the current conditions is an incredible achievement and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Scott and his team the best of luck with this new challenge.”
The hotel is located near to the main entrance of campus on the Science and Innovation Park and will provide much-needed accommodation for visiting parents, conference delegates, Keele Hall wedding guests and visitors to graduation ceremonies and open days, when such events can resume.
Nick Gostick, head of Keele University’s Science and Innovation Park said: “The opening of an international chain hotel at Keele University’s Science and Innovation Park is great news not only for the Park’s business community, but also the county of Staffordshire.
“The Courtyard by Marriott Keele Staffordshire will be a welcomed place for overnight accommodation for visitors to over 50 companies who are based on our Park as well as visitors to the University for the plethora of events that take place throughout the year. We also envisage that the hotel will support regional growth as a perfect location for people travelling to Staffordshire and South Cheshire for business purposes.”
Randall added: “We envisage that our guests will be a mix of people visiting Staffordshire for leisure or business activities as well as guests visiting the University, to meet with companies based on the Science and Innovation Park or families visiting Keele University students.”